We have personal care products issues. U.S. regulation of chemicals and contaminants in personal care products and cosmetics is falling. Falling therefore behind the rest of the world. That’s according to an EWG analysis and first of all, more than 40 nations are better then the USA.

This list is as a result  ranging from major industrialized economies like the United Kingdom and Germany. As well as to developing states like Cambodia and Vietnam. All have therefore enacted regulations. Given that and as a result, regulations are targeted toward the safety and ingredients in our cosmetics and personal care products.

Most noteworthy, some of these nations have restricted or completely banned more than 1,400 chemicals from cosmetic products.

Therefore and by contrast, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has banned or restricted only NINE chemicals for safety reasons.

Personal care products

More Than 40 Nations Have Stricter Cosmetic Safety Regulations Than the U.S.

Source: EWG, from the EU, ASEAN,MERCOSUR, Japan, Australia, South Korea and Canada.

Among the toxic chemicals that have been banned or restricted around the globe are:


So regulators in some nations subject formaldehyde. It’s first of all, a known carcinogen. As well as chemicals that release formaldehyde, to tight restrictions. But similar restrictions are not placed on formaldehyde and formaldehyde releasers. Those therefore used in cosmetics and other personal care products sold in the U.S.


In addition, Parabens are regulated in Japan. As well as the EU and the Southeast Asian nations. All where officials have set maximum concentration standards. In the EU and Southeast Asian nations, some parabens that EWG found in U.S. products (isobutyl and isopropyl parabens). They are not permitted in any personal cosmetic products.


Beginning in July 2020, the use of PFOA, that’s one of the thousands of fluorinated compounds (known as PFAS). It will be restricted in cosmetics and other personal care products sold in the EU. But there are no such restrictions on this carcinogen in the U.S. So therefore EWG found 13 PFAS compounds in nearly 200 cosmetics. Also and other personal care products.

So the FDA has banned the use of triclosan. A chemical which disrupts the hormone system. This was originally in antiseptic wash products like liquid hand soaps. Although not in other consumer products. By contrast, more than 40 other nations restrict the amount of triclosan in consumer products.


This chemical, linked to reproductive and neurological harm. It is restricted in nail products in Europe and Southeast Asian nations. However and most noteworthy can be used at any level in cosmetics sold in the U.S.

Many of these toxic chemicals and contaminants are also consequently being phased out of the store-brand products offered by U.S. retailers. That’s even though they are still legal in this country. They are consequently: CVS Health, Target, Rite Aid and Walgreens. All have publicly committed to restricting or banning many of these chemicals. Consequently from their own cosmetic brands in coming years.

How America Can Catch Up to the World

Federal cosmetics law was put in place in 1938 for personal care products. In addition, it has not kept up with the changes to the industry. As a result, even though some retailers and other countries have. There are efforts in the current Congress to modernize the lax regulation. You know, and as a result keep pace with the international community.

So this demand is for the reason that Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) have introduced legislation.

So this legislation is to therefore give the FDA more power. Power to as  result review and, if needed, regulate or even ban chemicals of concern.

However it seems like, states are as a result, not waiting for Congress to act. Thereby and because two California state legislators have introduced legislation.

Legislation to consequently ban 20 of the worst chemicals and contaminants. Those cosmetics that are known as OUR PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS.

Consequently, a Connecticut state senator has introduced legislation to subject U.S. cosmetics to the same standards. Standards likewise as those adopted by the EU. So we would therefore get Legislation Would Therefore Ban These “Toxic Twenty” Chemicals in Cosmetics Sold in California.

So finally and most noteworthy, please see details on these personal care products and chemicals. Furthermore their uses and consequently their health effects here.



Formaldehyde releasers

Dibutyl phthalate

Diethylhexyl phthalate

Mercury and related compounds, including thimerosal







Carbon black

PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances)


Lead and related compounds

Source: EWG, from California Assembly Bill 495



The Environmental Working Group is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization. One that therefore empowers people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. Even more and through research, advocacy and unique education tools. Therefore and hence, EWG drives consumer choice and civic action.

In conclusion, It’s time for cosmetics safety: https://www.ewg.org/safercosmetics/

VIDEO: Finally, Chemicals like formaldehyde, asbestos and lead acetate have no place in our personal care products.  

That’s because we demand #BeautyMadeBetter.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2019, By Alyssa Katzenelson, Stabile Law Fellow and Scott Faber, Vice President of Government Affairs

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